Saturday, September 22, 2007

Post Homecoming Concert Update

"Great Concert!", "Gary V is not just a great singer, he is a total entertainer", "Super Sulit!", "Ang galing niya grabe!", "It's the most memorable concert I've ever attended."

These were just some of the comments of alumni who attended the homecoming concert in St. Jude last night.

The concert was hosted by Judenite Tim Yap, who made the crowd feel at home with his own memories of growing up in St. Jude. The prep, grade school and high school performances were also a joy to watch, as it brought back memories for all alumni of their time in St. Jude.

Gary Valenciano performed and literally connected with Judenites in a jam packed auditorium. The concert was full of surprises from Gary V having to change his pants in the middle of the concert after having ripped it, to his 19 year old son Gabriel Valenciano making a surprise LIVE appearance on stage to her 14 year old daughter Keanna performing a virtual duet with her dad.

In a concert that was supposed to have ended at 10pm, Gary gave in to the audience's request for more by extending the concert 3 times...singing songs for at least another hour...people were waving neon lights as he sang, there were songs like "I will be here." where the audience sang there hearts out and spontaneous dancing erupted when he started singing songs from the 80's like "Every Breath You Take" by Sting and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears...

Alumni from batch 73 to 2007 were treated to their brand of music, something that nobody in the crowd expected.

This night is one for the history books, as judenites it felt good to be back home. The alumni association raised P1.7M for the school's renovation project in the process.

Thank you for all your support! Welcome home Judenites!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Gary V invites Judenites to watch his concert September 22!

Gary V guest at St. Jude homecoming show - Philippine Star

(This press release came out last September 8, 2007 at the Entertainment section of the Philippine Star. - download here)

The St. Jude Catholic School Alumni Association (SJCSAA) will celebrate its first grand alumni homecoming with a concert titled Bringing the Judenites Home on Sept. 22, 6p.m. at the Fr. Peter Yan Hall in St. Jude Catholic School, with Gary Valenciano as special guest.

Proceeds from the project will go the Fr. Peter Yang Memorial Fund which supports the Teacher's Retirement fund and Msgr. Tchou's Medicine fund.

The project also raises funds to augment the school's renovation and facility upgrade so that it may continue its founders legacy of excellence and discipline.

The homecoming is presented by Batch 1978, Skechers Time and Seaoil. Sulpicio Lines is major sponsor while the minor sponsors are Batch 1977, Asian Eye Institute, Cathay Pacific Steel Corp., Compass Internet, Enderun College and Philippines Airlines.

(Tickets are available at the school's cashier's office, tel. no. 735-6393 and the SJCSAA Secretariat in Greenhills. For details call or text Jasmine Corral at 0922-8426391.)

In photo are (from left) Fr. Ricky Miranda, Alumni Affairs St. Jude, Jasmine Gemora SVP Operations Manila Genesis; Irene Mamangon, Corporate Marketing Services Manila Genesis; Francis Glenn Yu, president SJCSAA; Margaret Koh, VP Socials SJCSAA; and Grace Chua, director, SJCSAA Board.